In a 49-46 vote one day ago, Canada's Senate voted to pass Bill C-48 - the law that would ban oil tanker traffic on BC's Northern Coast.
One of those voting in favour was Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell.
Albertans may remember Sen. Mitchell when he was the unsuccessful leader of Alberta's Liberal Party, and now as the Liberal Senator who betrayed his own province to curry favour with an Alberta-hating Trudeau Liberal government.
It was yet another blow to Alberta's struggling energy sector - but that was only the beginning of the bad news.
The Senate then passed Bill C-69, colloquially known as the "No More Pipelines Act", which would make it virtually impossible to build another pipeline in Canada. Ever.
Several Alberta Senators, including "Independent" Senators Paula Simons and Patti LaBoucane-Benson, and Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell, voted in favour of the bill.
Taken together, these measures constitute a direct assault on Alberta's oil and gas sector, and will hurt our province's economic recovery.
The one bright spot of the week, the Trudeau Liberals' second approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion after more than two years of delays, was overshadowed by the announcement of fresh lawsuits on the part of the BC NDP government, various professional environmental activist groups, and some First Nations' groups to block the pipeline once again.
It's leaving Albertans with a very disturbing question: why, exactly, are so many Canadians opposed to the development and export of our oil and gas.
Global oil consumption will be increasing until at least 2040, and that oil will have to come from somewhere.
Let's look at the list of possible oil suppliers and the human cost of that oil:
Russia: Emerging autocratic state with punitive laws which target LGBTQ+ people and exposes them to violence and prison sentences.
Iran: theocratic dictatorship where women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ people are routinely attacked. State sponsor of global terrorism.
Venezuela: corrupt and failed communist state where government police forces brutally attack civilians who are starving in the streets.
Saudi Arabia: absolute monarchy with no democracy. Attacks against women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ people are routine and state-sanctioned. Major funder of global terrorism.
Canada: Full equality for women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ people, free and open democracy, and stringent environmental protections.
Given the options, Canada is quite simply the very best option for meeting both domestic and international oil needs.
Put simply, we should be developing and exporting as much Canadian oil and gas as we possibly can.
What will it take for the rest of Canada to come on board with the idea that the world needs more Canadian oil, not less.
In the meantime, we hope that construction restarts on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion as quickly as possible.
Alberta Blue Skies
P.S. If you'd like to express your opinions to those Alberta Senators who voted against our province's best interests, here is their contact information: